Marine pilot from South Florida killed in fighter jet-tanker collision off Japan coast
WASHINGTON — A 28-year-old Marine Corps pilot from south Florida was killed after his F/A-18 Hornet fighter collided with a refueling plane during training Thursday off the coast of Japan, an accident from which five Marines remain missing, service officials said.
Capt. Jahmar F. Resilard died in the Hornet collision with the KC-130 Hercules aerial tanker just before 2 a.m. local time, the Marine Corps announced Friday. Another unnamed pilot in the fighter jet was rescued alongside Resilard’s body in the hours after the crash. That pilot was in stable condition, officials said.
Search and rescue efforts for the five missing Marines – the crew of the KC-135 – were ongoing Friday, according to the Marine Corps. An investigation into the cause of the collision was also ongoing Friday. Marine officials did not say if investigators had determined what led to the midair crash.
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